And I don’t mean like… ‘rad’ or ‘stellar’. . .
I mean sick… like laying in bed on the Sunday before finals week wishing your mom lived less than a few hours away.
Now, I’m not one to milk being sick. I usually acknowledge the issue at hand; is it a cough? stuffiness? sore throat? and once I have identified the culprit, I mentally take them down (I’m not a big medicine taker) and get on with my day. But then there are those sick days, the ones that come at just the right time (i.e. finals week), that you just have to give the credit they deserve.
They come in hot and fast with fever, exhaustion and *insert particular symptom here* and there’s just no way to go about your day normally, first off the need for tissues every ten seconds will set you back five minutes after the first 30 times. So I have compiled a list of the best sick day “to-do’s.”
1. Address the Problem. Is it severe enough that you need to go to K-State’s Lafene Health Center? If you’re feeling feverish, abnormally exhausted, or have a symptom that seems a bit worse off than just the common cold it wouldn’t hurt to get checked out.
2. Go to the store. And yes, just THE store… as in ONE store. Because in yesterday’s big t-shirt, sweats and boots with your hair on top of your head and with your eyes puffy, minimal social contact is desired. So walk in and know that your there to grab tea, cough drops, medicine, your favorite magazine and one feel good item (flowers, candy, a new book etc), know that the check-out lady isn’t judging you that much, and JET.
3. OR, when it comes to your hot beverage of choice, you could make one more stop at a coffee shop. But, you must know that the risk of social contact does go up about 50 percent by doing so. (I think it’s worth it.) So, you could stop by any of Manhattan’s coffee shops; Starbucks, Sparrow, Radina’s, Bluestem. . .or, my sick day tea of choice? Lemon and Honey Tea from Arrow Coffee. I swear you’ll get better in 43 minutes or less (ish).
4. This part kind of sucks, but when you get home, make sure you get everything done. Get through your homework with a box of tissues and your Get Well Tea, clean your room, you can take a break every 10 minutes if you need to, get everything you need for the next few days together because if you do that, these next and last two steps will be so much more effective.
5. Okay, everything’s done. Homework, check. Room clean, check. This week’s outfits laid out, check. Now, I want you to take a shower. I know, getting out of the comfy clothes sounds like the worst idea ever, but I promise that a shower will make you feel at least 50 percent better.
6. Put on your comfiest clothes, grab your stuffed/live animal, pick out your favorite music, movie, book etc and relax. Nap on and off. You have nothing else to do but get better (told ya) so that’s what you get to do for the rest of the day.
I can’t promise that you’ll be back to 100 percent, but having even just one day to even be sick is a blessing and the next day you’ll at least be able to say, I’ve rested and I’ve given myself time to relax.